Antonio Conte put pen to paper on a three year deal in April, replacing caretaker manager Guus Hiddink, and has already started to make plans for the upcoming season.
The Italian will officially take over at Chelsea once his responsibilities with Italy are complete, meaning he will arrive at Stamford Bridge following Euro 2016 in France.
There is no doubt that he’d like to put his own stamp on the squad, but who will he let go?
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We’ve highlighted three players that could possibly move on from Stamford Bridge this summer.
The energetic Brazillian was voted Player of the Year last season and for good reason. In a campaign where so many of his team mates badly under performed, he remained consistent throughout.
It is understood the winger is a target for recently appointed Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
Willian has also expressed his respect for Mourinho, as reported in the Sun recently, where he said: “Jose is one of the most successful coaches in the world and Manchester United will be stronger with him as manager.
"I played some of my best football under Mourinho. He is a special coach and I have a great relationship with him.
"Winning the Premier League with him was one of the highlights of my career.”
It is unclear whether Conte will be keen to let Willian leave for a direct rival, but he’ll also want to avoid keeping an unsettled player who clearly loves playing for his old manager.
Another player that could possibly leave Stamford Bridge is midfield anchorman Nemanja Matic.
The Serbian is another Mourinho favourite, and it is clear to see why. Matic was a key reason the Blues won the Premier League in the 2014/15 season. His discipline and poise in midfield will be vital for a Manchester United team looking trying to return to top form.
Mourinho will also want to replace the ageing Michael Carrick, as well as provide extra steel in midfield.
John Obi Mikel
Mikel has been a mainstay at Chelsea for the last decade, but with the new manager Antonio Conte likely to bring with him new personnel, Mikel’s place might be under threat.
One player that could possibly join Chelsea, is Paul Pogba of Juventus, one of the most sought after players in Europe.
Conte signed Pogba from Manchester United in 2012, and the Frenchman has been exceptional ever since.
As reported by The Evening Standard, Chelsea are keen to sign Pogba and show no signs of slowing their pursuit. With the likely arrival of Pogba and possibly others, the Nigerian might be forced to ply his trade away from Stamford Bridge.
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